The hustle and bustle of the holidays is over for many.  You or your kids may have received new socks, books, kitchen stuff, clothes.. Or perhaps you were lucky enough to score a Hatchimal or NES Classic!  But some gifts need special consideration when it comes to your eyes.  

Did you get a new tablet or smartphone?  Did you know these devices emit blue light, some of which is harmful to the eyes?  Adults and children alike can benefit from new technology that allows glasses to filter out the harmful blue light.  Even if you have no prescription, if you're going to be putting in some screen time this special lens is recommended!

Did you get a new NERF gun complete with an impressive array of darts?  Did you know those actually can cause some significant damage to eyes?  Corneal abrasions (scratches on the front of the eye) and even retinal detachments are not unheard of with these.  Be smart and wear safety glasses.  You may not like the look, but it's worth it to protect your peepers.

How about new video games, either for the TV or handheld?  Spending too much concentrated time on either can cause uncomfortable focusing issues.  Remember to take breaks (timing varies by age)!  Are you finding those handheld games (or tablets) are getting blurry after a bit?  You may need a break, or you may need some reading glasses to relax those focusing muscles!  A visit to your friendly optometrist can help sort out the culprit.

Enjoy the rest of 2016 and we look forward to seeing you!

 

 

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